I’m trying to remember the last time I asked how someone was and I didn’t hear the word ‘busy’ somewhere in their response.
“I’m great, but so busy!”
“Fine, but busy.”
“Crazy. Busy.” (or crazybusy, more like.)
I get it. It’s often the first word that pops out of my mouth, too.
And though I’m busy I always have the best of intentions. My day is blocked out on the calendar.
Spend time with the family.
Bathe. OK, I don’t schedule bathing… but I probably should…. because when I take the time to do it, it throws off the rest of my schedule!
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Health Hacks for Busy People
I’ve found that a busy life works best with preparation, or at least a few hacks. As we enter 2016 these are the 3 main hacks I use…
Health Hack for Work
The fun part of my job has me out and active. But the work part of my job finds me in front of a computer for long hours – writing, editing words, photos, and video, spending time on social media. That’s a lot of time in a chair. And I was feeling it in my back & shoulders.
So I invested in 2 pieces of equipment to make my workspace healthier.
First, a new chair. On the advice of my chiropractor I bought a saddle seat, which helps me sit straighter and rely on my core muscles as I sit. I chose an Ergonomic Kneeling Chair with Saddle Seat. So far I like it though the seat, much like a bicycle, does take a bit of getting used to.
But the really big investment I made sits just above the chair, on my desk. I bought a VariDesk Pro-Plus. Can I just say that I love, love, love this product? I love being able to stand while I work and not bend over my desk. The only drawback for me is that it takes up my entire desk top, so a lot of space I was used to using for my planner and other things is gone. But that is a small inconvenience compared to the numerous benefits of a standing workspace – and after only a couple weeks my low back pain and shoulder tension have nearly disappeared.
Health Hack for Exercise
I’m not a fan of exercise. I love being active, but to stop and take time out of my day to go to a gym or fitness class. Not so much.
Four days a week I do drag myself out of bed to an Adamantine inspired yoga class but, sadly, I need a bit more activity in my day. I’m perfectly capable of exercising at home, but I lack motivation and accountability.
So I signed up with Vida. The Vida app on your mobile device is like having your personal trainer in your pocket. When you first set up the app it leads you through questions about your goals and asks about your motivations before leading you to choose a personal trainer.
The only downfall to this is that you are shown only trainers that are active at that time. I chose Coach Susan, but after a short chat with her about my goals and issues I felt were affecting me, she felt she wasn’t quite the right fit. After a couple days she connected me with Coach Liz who, after our conversation, seems like a perfect fit. Via the app she checks in with me, updates my home exercise plan, and encourages me.
No, Vida isn’t free, but how often do you stick with things that are? Want to give Vida a try? Get a week free and earn credits by inviting friends to join you. (Use my code JODY7658 when you sign up!)
Health Hack for Meals
Everyone knows that you eat better if you plan your meals in advance. But, gah!, what a hassle! I can remember spending hours going through recipes, cookbooks, and Pinterest boards to plan a week of meals. Then the shopping and prep! Such a hassle! But then, when I didn’t do it, the fall out was quick packaged meals, dining out, or frozen pizza. Definitely not how I wanted my family eating!
A few months ago I started letting Cooking Light Diet do the work for me. I love that I can choose meals everyone in my family will enjoy and most meals take 30 minutes or less to prepare. Definitely a bonus for busy people! That the meals are set to help you reach dietary goals is a bonus. Again, not a free service, but the fact that I can create my meal plan & grocery list in half an hour makes the fee more than worth it. (And with free grocery ordering and delivery from my local supermarket I can save even more time if it’s a crazy week!)
Those are my 3 main health hacks as I head into 2016. No resolutions required.
Do you have any health hacks for busy people? Share your knowledge in the comments!